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"SENSE AND SENSIBILITY" (1971) Review

For some reason, I still find it hard to believe that until recently, very few people were aware that the first adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 novel, "Sense and Sensibility", dated as far back as 1971. After all, people have been aware of other Austen adaptations during this same period অথবা earlier. Even the Wikipedia site fails to mention it, except in connection with one of the cast members. What was about this four-part miniseries that eluded so many Austen fans?

In "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY", a wealthy landowner named Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his two...
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"THE WAY WE LIVE NOW" (2001) Review

Some thirteen years ago, the BBC aired "THE WAY WE LIVE NOW", a four-part টেলিভিশন adaptation of Anthony Trollope's 1875 novel. Adapted দ্বারা Andrew Davies and directed দ্বারা David Yates, the miniseries starred David Suchet, Shirley Henderson and Matthew Macfadyen.

"THE WAY WE LIVE NOW" told the story of a Central European financier's impact upon upper-crust British society during the Victorian era. Augustus Melmotte arrives in লন্ডন with his সেকেন্ড wife and his daughter, Marie in the 1870s. Not long after his arrival, Melmotte announces a new scheme to finance...
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"BAND OF ANGELS" (1957) Review

I have been a অনুরাগী of period dramas for a long time. A very long time. This is only natural, considering that I am also a history buff. One of the topics that I প্রণয় to explore is the U.S. Civil War. When আপনি combined that topic in a period drama, naturally I am bound to get excited over that particular movie অথবা টেলিভিশন production.

I have seen a good number of টেলিভিশন and movie productions about the United States' Antebellum period and the Civil War. One of those productions is "BAND OF ANGEL", an adaptation of Robert Warren Penn's 1955 novel set during the...
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"THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES" (2014) Review

When New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers first released the news that Peter Jackson would adapt J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel, "The Hobbit" into three films, I had not been pleased. I thought the novel could have easily been adapted into two films অথবা even a single film. Now that Jackson's third film, "THE HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES", I realized that my feelings had not changed.

I still believe what I had originally stated . . . an adaptation of Tolkien's novel could have easily been limited to a single film. I believe I would have enjoyed...
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"THE SHADOW RIDERS" (1982) Review

When I first set out to discover how many of লেখক Louis L'Amour novels had been adapted for the চলচ্চিত্র and television, I had assumed at least a handful had gone through this process. I was surprised to discover that many of his works had been adapted. And one of them turned out to be the 1982 টেলিভিশন movie, "THE SHADOW RIDERS".

I have only seen two L'Amour adaptations in my life - "THE SHADOW RIDERS" and the 1979 two-part miniseries, "THE SACKETTS". Both productions seemed to have a great deal in common. The two productions are adaptations of L'Amour (which...
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"THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" (2000) Review

I never saw "THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" in the movie theaters when it was first released years ago. I have a low tolerance of sports চলচ্চিত্র and there are only a few that I consider পছন্দ of mine. Another reason why I never saw this film in the theaters is that my family simply had no desire to see it.

Based upon Steven Pressfield's 1995 novel and directed দ্বারা Robert Redford, "THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE" was a box office flop. Worse, it had received mixed to negative reviews. Among the criticisms directed at the film was the accusation that the Bagger...
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"ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) Review

Years ago, I used to watch a great deal of old চলচ্চিত্র on late night television. My two পছন্দ channels that offered these চলচ্চিত্র were Turner Network টেলিভিশন (TNT) and the American চলচ্চিত্র Classic (AMC), which used to air চলচ্চিত্র without any commercial breaks. On TNT, I had stumbled across a Western movie originally released দ্বারা MGM Studios in 1953 called "ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO" (1953) and fell in প্রণয় with it. After watching my recently purchased DVD copy of the movie, I could see why it became a পছন্দ of mine.

Directed দ্বারা John Sturges during the...
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"CAPOTE" (2005) Review

I finally got around to watching the first of two চলচ্চিত্র about writer Truman Capote and his work on the non-fiction novel, "In Cold Blood". This particular movie, "CAPOTE", starred American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who eventually won a SAG award, a Golden Globe award and an Oscar for his performance.

Penned দ্বারা actor Dan Futterman and directed দ্বারা Bennett Miller, "CAPOTE" turned out to be a আরো somber affair than Douglas McGrath's 2006 film, "INFAMOUS". Miller had once মতামত প্রদত্ত that he wanted to create a আরো subtle portrait of the flamboyant লেখক in order to emphasize...
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"MIDDLEMARCH" (1994) Review

Many years have passed since I first saw "MIDDLEMARCH", the 1994 BBC adaptation of George Eliot's 1871 novel. Many years. I recalled enjoying it . . . somewhat. But it had failed to leave any kind of impression upon me. Let me revise that. At least two performances left an impression upon me. But after watching the miniseries for the সেকেন্ড time, after so many years, I now realize I should have paid closer attention to the production.

Directed দ্বারা Anthony Page and adapted for টেলিভিশন দ্বারা Andrew Davies, "MIDDLEMARCH" told the story about a fictitious Midlands town...
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"TITANIC" (1953) Review

As many moviegoers know, there have been numerous film and টেলিভিশন productions about the maiden voyage and sinking of the R.M.S. টাইটানিক on April 15, 1912. The most famous production happens to be James Cameron's 1997 Oscar winning opus. However, I do wonder if there are any অনুরাগী who are aware that another টাইটানিক movie managed to strike Oscar gold.

Directed দ্বারা Jean Negulesco, the 1953 movie "TITANIC" focused on the personal lives of a wealthy American family torn asunder দ্বারা marital strife, a deep secret and the historic sinking of the Titanic. Family matriarch Mrs....
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"THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES" (1982) Review

Back in 1982, the BBC turned to 19th century লেখক Anthony Trollope for a seven-part miniseries called ”THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES”. The miniseries was based upon the author’s first two Barchester novels about the Church of England.

Directed দ্বারা David Giles and written দ্বারা Alan Plater, ”THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES” is an adaptation of ”The Warden” (1855) and ”Barchester Towers” (1857). The novels focused upon the the dealings and social maneuverings of the clergy and gentry literature concern the dealings of the clergy and the gentry that...
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"A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" (1958) Review

There have been many versions about the April 1912 sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Many versions. And I have personally seen at least five of them. One of them happened to be the 1958 movie, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER".

Directed দ্বারা Roy Ward Baker, "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" is based upon historian Walter Lord's 1955 book about the historical sinking. Since the 1958 movie was based upon a historical book instead of a novel, Baker, producer William MacQuitty and screenwriter Eric Ambler approached the film's plot in a semi-documentary style. Even the movie's leading character...
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"THE FOUR FEATHERS" (1939) Review

There have been seven versions of A.E.W. Mason’s 1902 novel, "The Four Feathers". At least three of them were silent films. In 1939, British producer Alexander Korda released the first sound adaptation of the novel. This version was also the first one to be filmed in color. Directed দ্বারা Korda’s brother, Zoltan Korda, "THE FOUR FEATHERS" starred John Clements, June Duprez, Ralph Richardson and C. Aubrey Smith.

Not only was this version of ”THE FOUR FEATHERS” the first to feature both sound and color, it is regarded দ্বারা many as the best adaptation of Mason’s...
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"12 YEARS A SLAVE" (2013) Review

I first learned about Solomon Northup many years ago, when I came across a টেলিভিশন adaptation of his story in my local video story. One glance at the video case for "HALF-SLAVE, HALF-FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP'S ODYSSEY" made me assume that this movie was basically a fictional tale. But when I read the movie's বিবরণ on the back of the case, I discovered that I had stumbled across an adaption about a historical figure.

Intrigued দ্বারা the idea of a free black man in antebellum America being kidnapped into slavery, I rented "HALF-SLAVE, HALF-FREE: SOLOMON NORTHUP'S...
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"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" (1982) Review

In 1982, CBS টেলিভিশন aired a three-part miniseries about the experiences of two families during the Civil War. Sounds familiar? It should, for John Jakes had wrote something similar in three novels between 1982 and 1987 – namely the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy. Jakes’ novels were adapted for টেলিভিশন in 1985, 1986 and 1994. However this miniseries was produced দ্বারা Larry White and Lou Reda. And despite the mildly similar theme to the "NORTH AND SOUTH" saga, there are some vast differences.

"THE BLUE AND THE GRAY" had not been based upon any particular...
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Below is a review of "THE BLACK DAHLIA", the 2006 adaptation of James Ellroy's 1987 novel:


"THE BLACK DAHLIA" (2006) Review

Judging from the reactions among moviegoers, it seemed quite obvious that director Brian DePalma’s adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1987 novel had disappointed them. The ironic thing is that I do not share their feelings.

A good number of people – including a relative of mine – have told me that they had expected "THE BLACK DAHLIA" to be a docudrama of the infamous 1947 murder case. Others had expected the movie to be an epic-style crime drama similar to the 1997 Academy...
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"WAR AND PEACE" (2016) Review

I have a confession to make. I have never seen a movie অথবা টেলিভিশন adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel, "War and Peace". Never. Well . . . I once made an attempt to watch the 1956 movie adaptation directed দ্বারা King Vidor. Unfortunately, I could never go the distance. In fact, I have never read the novel.

However, many years passed. When I heard about the BBC's latest adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to give "WAR AND PEACE" a chance. The six-part miniseries is simply about the experiences of five Russian families during...
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"THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG" (2013) Review

The সেকেন্ড part of Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 ফ্যান্টাসি novel, "The Hobbit" recently hit the theaters. After watching it, I am amazed that I was ever against the idea of a three-film adaptation of the Tolkien's story.

Titled "THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG", the সেকেন্ড film began not long after the first one left off. I take that back. The movie began with a flashback featuring a meet between the wizard Gandalf the Gray and the Dwarf prince, Thorin Oakenshield at the Prancing টাট্টু Tavern in Bree. Those familiar...
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"THE MANIONS OF AMERICA" (1981) Review

Back in early 1981, ABC টেলিভিশন aired a miniseries about the lives of an Anglo-Irish immigrant family called "THE MANIONS OF AMERICA". Starring Pierce Brosnan and Kate Mulgrew, the miniseries aired in three parts and was marketed as the Irish-American version of the 1977 miniseries, "ROOTS".

"The Irish-American version of "ROOTS"? Hmmmm . . . I do not know if that similarity genuinely works. Yes, both miniseries focused upon the beginning of a family line in the United States. Both are family sagas set before the 20th century. But the differences between...
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"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" (2009) Review

About a বছর অথবা so before his জনপ্রিয় টেলিভিশন series, "DOWNTON ABBEY" hit the airwaves, Julian Fellowes served as screenwriter to the lavish biopic about the early life and reign of Britain's কুইন Victoria called "THE YOUNG VICTORIA". The 2009 movie starred Emily Blunt in the শিরোনাম role and Rupert Friend as the Prince Consort, Prince Albert.

"THE YOUNG VICTORIA" began during the last years in the reign of King William IV, Victoria's uncle. Acknowledge as the পরবর্তি ruler of Britain, Victoria became the target of a political tug-of-war between her mother,...
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